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The new brochures listing WEA courses that will be running in the East Midlands in the Spring/Summer term have just been published. Copies are automatically sent to anyone who has attended a WEA course during the last two academic years, but you can also find pdf versions online at the WEA East Midlands website.

Below are listed the courses I am tutoring in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire in the spring and summer terms 2014. If you are interested in enrolling for any of these courses, please contact the appropriate branch (details are available in the course brochure) or enrol online at the WEA website.

Spring 2014

Mediterranean Europe 800 – 500 BC: 300 years that changed the world

How and why did Mediterranean cultures become so significant? We examine the big players of Classical civilisation – Greeks, Phoenicians, Etruscans, Carthaginians and Romans – as they rise from relative obscurity to dominate the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean. Everyone welcome; no previous knowledge assumed.

Venue: Newark Houses Museum, The Newark, Leicester
Date: Wednesday 1.30 – 3.30pm, 7 meetings from 22nd January 2014

The Viking World

The Vikings gained a reputation that has resounded through history, but who were they and what were they really like? Using historical and archaeological evidence, we will examine this question using examples from throughout the Viking world. Everyone welcome; no previous knowledge assumed.

Venue: Quest House, Woodgate Chambers, 70 Woodgate, Loughborough
Date: Thursday 1.30 – 3.30pm, 7 meetings from 23rd January 2014

Archaeology: Fabulous Treasures and Great Discoveries

From Tutankhamun’s tomb to the lost city of Pompeii, and from the Rosetta Stone to the Sutton Hoo ship burial, archaeology is the story of fabulous treasures and great discoveries. Join us as we find out more about these wonders of the ancient world. Everyone welcome; no previous knowledge assumed.

Venue: Women’s Institute Hall, 1 Main Street, Lowdham
Date: Tuesday 1.30 – 3.30pm, 8 meetings from 21st January 2014

Summer 2014

Tombs, Pyramids and Mummies

The course aims to introduce learners to the archaeology of Ancient Egypt, focusing particularly on popular questions such as how the pyramids were built and the process of mummification. The course will include a visit to the Egyptian gallery at the New Walk Museum in Leicester. Everyone welcome; no previous knowledge assumed.

Venue: Newark Houses Museum, The Newark, Leicester
Date: Wednesday, 1.30 – 3.30pm, 7 meetings starting from 30th April 2014

Treasures of the Midlands

You may have heard of Tutankhamun’s tomb and Pompeii, but did you know there have been some amazing discoveries made right on your doorstep? From the coins of the Hallaton Hoard to the Saxon gold of the Staffordshire Hoard and a medieval boar badge that moved a battlefield, this course will introduce you to some of these great local finds. Everyone welcome; no previous knowledge assumed.

Venue: Quest House, Woodgate Chambers, 70 Woodgate, Loughborough
Date: Thursday 1.30 – 3.30pm, 5 meetings from 1st May 2014

The Vikings

Who were the Vikings? Were they truly the raiders of myth and legend? What was their life like? What evidence do we have from archaeology and history? Course includes visit to British museum Viking exhibition by coach on Tuesday 13 May. Exhibition and coach cost included in course fee.

Venue: Nottingham Mechanics, 3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham
Date: Tuesday 1.00 – 3.00pm, 5 meetings from 6th May 2014

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